America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS) is a dynamic system that produces high-quality, standardized labor market information and tools in a variety of media and formats for use by job seekers, employers, and workforce development professionals. This collaborative effort among the States and the Employment and Training Administration is an integral part of the information infrastructure that underpins the nationwide workforce investment system. ALMIS has Federal, State and local components which engage in data collection and analysis, research and development, product development, direct service delivery, technical assistance, and capacity-building.
Its products and services include:
- career and occupational information available online in the resource room of a local One- Stop Center to help individuals identify potential jobs and occupations
- customized labor market information from a variety of sources (States, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of the Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, etc.) to help employers develop strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining workers
- grants to States to help them develop new data-collection techniques so that training dollars can be targeted to high-demand occupations
- America's Career Kit, a group of national online tools for individuals and employers O*NET, the replacement for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, which provides a common occupational language to help workers and employers connect more easily
- the Labor Market Information Institute, a comprehensive national facility providing high- quality training to labor market information professionals throughout the country
- agreed-upon standards and content requirements, developed by a State consortium, for a common national data set of labor market information
- ongoing research and development to produce new consumer tools and ways of r'neasuring or predicting labor market forces
ALMIS can be accessed at www.lmi-net.org.
You can access America's Workforce Network at www.doleta.gov, or by calling the Toll-Free Help Line at 1-877-US2-JOBS. (For TTY, call 1-877-TTY-JOBS.)
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
One of most frequently requested products from the LMI offices is accurate, local wage data. Uniform wage data by occupation at the local labor market level is a major gap in our current LMI system. State and local govenunents conduct most surveys; they use multiple definitions of both occupations and wages. The timing of the surveys varies from state-to-state and is hard to compare. The Occupation Employment Statistics (OES) survey expanded its collection to include wages from all states in 1996 to address this need.
With the expanded OES, the country now has a standardized wage survey which will allow comparability across state borders in a mix of occupations that will cover virtually the entire economy. The OES will eventually produce a valid "mean" and a median eaming for over 800 occupations in over 500 sub-state areas.
The expansion of the OES survey, which became operational in 1971, to every state as well as to every M e t r o p o l i t a n Statistical Area (MSA) and to many sub-state areas would eliminate the need for the Alien Labor Certification (ALC) program's ad hoe surveys and reduce the respondent burden by employers. Watershed benefits to the national and state occupation projection programs will also be substantial since these programs use the OES program statistics for their raw data.
The OES survey is conducted in cooperation with the Employment Training Administration (ETA) and the State employment security agencies (SESAS) and is now designed to obtain national, State, and area occupational estimates for all States. ETA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fund the program.
BLS provides the procedures and technical assistance for the survey, with input from ETA's ALC and the ALMIS team; SESAs do the actual collection of the data.
The expanded OES survey yielded its first results in December 1997 when BLS published state and national wages. Second year data was released by BLS in December 1998. Substate occupatonal wage data will be available through individual states in early 1999.
- First truly national wage survey.
- Provides detailed occupational and industry information on employment and wages.
- Covers over 800 occupations in more than 500 sub-state areas.
- Eliminates the need for other state wage surveys.
- National and state data available on
For additional information, please contact Jim Conley of the ALMIS Team at (202)219-8854.
U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
America's Career Kit (Online Resource)
The Internet has opened up a whole new world to individuals seekingjobs or training and employers looking for qualified workers. Several web sites, developed by the Employment and Training Administration in close partnership with the States, offer some of the most comprehensive and easily accessible online employment and training resources.
America's Job Bank (www.ajb.org) is the world's largest pool of activejob opportunities. America's Job Bank (AJB) provides around-the-clock access to more than 1.5 millionjob openings listed by major corporations and small businesses throughout the United States. It is also available on computers in public libraries, colleges and universities, high schools, shopping malls, military bases, community centers, and other public places. AJB also allowsjob seekers to post their resumes (www.aib.org/seeker) ,for employers to search and review (www.ajb.org/employer). More than 800,000 resumes were posted by mid-2000.
America's Learning Xchange (www.alx.ora) provides information on career exploration, training, education, testing, assessment, and other career tools. With 300,000 offerings from more than 6,000 providers, America's Learning Xchange offers varied training options for individuals wanting to enhance their skills and employers seeking to improve their employees' productivity. Its Tools of the Trade has information for workforce professionals on seminars, training providers, consultants, research, certification information, and other tools.
America's Career lnfonet (www.acinet.org) includes a wealth of information oniob trends, wages, and national and local labor markets, as well as other valuable occupational, economic, and demographic data. Its Career Resource Library provides links to other Internet-based resources. America's Career lnfoNet accesses information from the Department of Labor's America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS) database.
O*NET Online (http://online.onetcenter.org) is a database that describes a wide variety of occupations, their requisite skills, and earnings potential. This is useful for individuals exploring career options as well as businesses developing job descriptions and refining recruitment and training goals.
The following is a list of Department of Labor-supported activities and services that are part of America's Workforce Network which may be of particular interest to workers, employers, and workforce development professionals. A fact sheet with specific information is available for each of the following areas:
- Accessing Services via Phone or Internet
- Adult Employment and Training Services
- America's Labor Market Information System
- America's Career Kit (Online Resources)
- America's Workforce Network
- Applying for ETA Grants
- Assistance for Trade-Impacted Workers
- Basic Information for Employers
- Basic Information for Workers and Job-Seekers
- Disability Employment and Training Services
- Dislocated Worker Program (Services for Laid-Off Workers)
- Foreign Labor Certification
- High-Tech Skills Training
- Job Corps
- Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Employment and Training Services
- Native American Employment and Training Services
- Older Workers Employment and Training Services
- One-Stop Employment and Training Services
- One-Stop Partners
- Registered Apprenticeship
- Tax Credit Programs
- Unemployment Insurance
- Youth Opportunity (YO) Grants
- Youth Opportunity (YO) Movement
Available online at: http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/ or by calling (202) 693-3900. This Web address also provides links to other Federal partners under the Workforce Investment Act and other initiatives that provide additional services to enhance individual and community well-being.
Short Term Forecast
An America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS) consortium was funded, with Illinois as the lead state, to develop an automated system to allow state emplyment security agency analysts to produce quarterly statewide industry forecasts and annual two-year statewide occupational forecasts.
The goal is to enable service providers to be able to present key labor market facts so that all job seekers looking for quick entry into the labor market can informed job choices.
The consortium membership reflects private and public-sector involvement in creating a hybrid data processing system which will produce timely and comparable forecasts, i.e., timely by gauging the turning points in the economy and comparable across states.
To date, the industy forecasting component of the system is complete; five week-long training seminars have been conducted (attended by 82 analysts from 46 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico); and software for industry forecasting has been distributed to state employment security agencies.
Areas of activity during the first-year of the project included: data sources, system design, system development, and occupational hiring research. Second-year activities encompressed capacity buliding, enhancements to statewide forecasting software, Internet (home page and electronic accountability), metropolitan area forecasting, research on occupational forecasting, and user products.
During the next year, activities will focus on:
- A beta test of forecasting software for industry employment in metropolitan areas
- Development of an occupational forecasting componet
- Integration of economic information to facilitate a national job search of local labor markets In addition, joint efforts with the Long-Term Projections consortium will include development of a Projections WEB site and presentaion of local labor market information.
State Technical Considerations
Minimuin technical requirements to use the software: 66MHz with 16MB RAM running Windows 3.1 or better, 3.5" floppy ot CD_ROM Drive, Mouse and VGA monitor.
The final version of software, which incorporated userfriendly options, analytical tools, and a flexible response to diverse state needs, is being sent to states in July 1997.
SHORT-TERM FORECAST PRODUCTS
- Two-year forecasts (annual updates) of private sector emploment in over 700 occupations
- Quarterly forecast extending to two years (quarterly updates) of private-sector employment in 65 industries
For additional information, please contact George Putnam at (312)793-9826 or Vicky Galifaro of the ALMIS Team at (202)219-8854
ALMIS Employer Database
One of the most vital needs of a jobseeker is information about employers: who they are, where they are, how can they be contacted? This information has been collected by State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs), but generally was not available to jobseekers due to confidentiality restrictions. That is until now.
The America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS) Employer Database is an acquired database containing information about ten million employers throughout the country. Jobseekers, career counselors, and other intermediaries will have direct access to information about these employers. The ALMIS Employer Database is being purchased by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Adminstration, as part of their strategy for creating a comprehensive ALMIS DataBase (ALMIS DB) that will support user application under America's Career InfoNet.
The ALMIS Employer Database is expected to be available to the states in September. There will be several levels of access to the data: primary recipient, intermedite user, and client. The primary recipient, usually the SESA, will be able either download the entire database to a PC (along with a proprietary search engine, if the chose), or search the database using the CD directly. The intermediate user, a local One-Stop or other service deliverer, will be able to search the entire database and retrieve up to 2,500 records at one time. The client, e.g., a jobseeker, will be able to search the entire database and retrieve up to 100 records.
The ALMIS Employer Databse contains over 40 data elements including:
If a state chooses to use the included search application, a number of fields can be searched, including names, SIC, city, state, zip code, phone number and employment size.
Each state, after sigining a usuage agreement with the vendor, will receive two complete sets of the database on CDs. Maine, as the lead state in the ALMIS Employer Database Consortium, will coordinate the delivery of the database to the states. States may also purchase additional copies of the database directly from the vendor.
Long-term Industry Projections
The main goal of the long-term Industry Projections and Census Tools Consortium is to provide methods and tools to improve the development and delivery of the industry/occupational employment projections for State research and analysis units. To accomplish this objective Consortium members have undertaken several research projects.
One of the major projects was to develop a tool for analysts to produce industry projections that can be used as input for the MicroMatrix occupational projections system. The long-term projection system (LTP) provides the analyst with a wide variety of tools to investigate industry employment characteristics and behavior. Analysts can make pre-projection decisions by developing location quotients, time series, growth rate analysis, and review the national, state, and local industry mix. Industry employment projections can be accomplished by using anyone or several of the methods offered by the system. Researchers can build models using shift share analysis, time series, or predefined and customized regession techiques. Once the models are selected for each industry they are saved and used to build an Industry Control Total (ICT) file used as input for the MicroMatrix System.
The LTP System has been provided to each State R&A unit. In most states the system will be used to develop industry projections in preparation for the next round of industry.occupational projections that will begin this fall. A Pentium Processor with 16MB of RAM is the desirble personal computer configuration. However, the system will run on a 486 with 8MB of RAM.
On going Consortium research focuses on the use of tools and techiques that analysts use to develop or review data. Research continues on the use of the Occupational Area Specific Information System (OASIS). The project is looking at the validity of using OASIS to estimate sub-state occupational staffing patterns. Replacement rates and change factors used in the development od occupational projections are also being reviewed. Another project provides access to State projections on the Internet. This can be found at http://udesc.state.ut.us/almis/stateproj/.
Future research will look at additional use of the Internet for the delivery of industry/occupation projections information. Researchers are also reviewing areas of concern in the new OES/Wage program. Other research includes looking at labor supply, providing projection guidelines for State, and providing a projection reference manual.The Consortium will continue to develop enhancements for the LTP System and provide technical support and training for State analysts.
LONG TERM PROJECTIONS CONSORTIUM
- Industry Projections System for State Analysts
- Occupational projections research
- Internet access of State and National Industry/Occupational Information
- Technical Support and Training of State Analysts
For more information, please contact the ALMIS Team at (202)219-8854.
U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration – Region IV http://www.doleta.gov/regions/reg04/
WIA Index Site (Workforce Investment Act) http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/
ETA disability Online (Eniployrnent and Training Adininistration) http://wdsc.doleta.gov/disability
Index of disability documents http://www.wdsc.org/disability/htmldocs/
Ticket to Work and the Work Incentive Improvement Act of 1999 http://www.ssa.gov/work
Rehabilitation Act amendment – Section 508 http://www.section508.gov
The America's Service Locator – The Service Locator contains information on service providers that are relevant to employment and training.http://www.servicelocator.org
America's Leaming exchange (ALX) connects users to career development, training and education, and employment resources important to remain competitive in today's workforce. http://www.alx.org/
American with Disability Act – Technical Assistance Program www.cast.org .
Bobby – Bobby is a graphical web-based program useftd in determining the ways in which a website is inaccessible to people with disabilities.http://www.cast.org/bobby
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) – The largest organization of the blind in America. Developed the telephone access system for America's Job Bank, and has produced web accessibility guidelines. http://www.nfb.org
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) – A leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public. http://www.afb.org
Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI) – Research projects in many areas involving deafness and deaf people. http://tap.gallaudet.edu/
National Association of the Deaf – Its mission is to safeguard the accessibility and civil rights of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans.http://www.nad.org/
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf – A nonprofit membership organization established in 1890 to empower hearing impaired people to fimetion independently. http://www.agbell.org/
America's Jobline "The Telephone Job Search Assistant" developed under a partnership between the National Federation of the Blind and U.S. DOL/America's Job Bank. Information about America's Jobline can be found at: www.nfb.org/jobline/enter.htm
O*NET OnLine's (http://online.onetcenter.org) Disability Resource Area links to organizations, agencies, and other sources of information and services for persons with disabilities and the employer community.
www.disability.gov Created last summer by the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, disability.gov provides one-stop online access to resources, services, and information available throughout the Federal government. I believe ETA was a partner/contributor to this multi-Department Federal initiative.